Açı Pre-school music program aims to teach our students to love and enjoy music both as a player and as a listener. Music plays an important role in the development of children’s skills such as language, self-expression and self-confidence. Music is a “universal language” that all children take an interest in. The songs and musical games used in the curriculum allow children to raise their awareness about other cultures and languages.
Our music curriculum aims to educate the students as individuals who recognize and respect different types of music in a wide range, extending from classical music, jazz music and Rock’n Roll to our own cultural music (Turkish Folk Music). In the first grade, music lessons are organized as 2 hours per week and the first hour is dedicated to teach music culture whereas the second hour is dedicated to teach how to play an instrument (Orff instruments, drums, musical steel triangle, maracas, guiro, tambourine). Musical note education takes place in 3rd and 4th grades.
Secondary School music curriculum aims to raise students as individuals who can recognize different types of music in historical, cultural and social context and show respect for them and can express emotions, thoughts and images created by music with correct terminology as well as having the opportunity to experience music individually and collectively.
The foundation of correct terminology related to the subject of “musical elements” laid down in 5th and 6th grades. Studies about different music types and musicians continue at these grades as well. Small class orchestras are formed by matching class instruments with the instruments played by students. In the 7th and 8th grades, the course takes on two paths, taught interchangeably, as “Music Culture” and “Music Practices”. In the course of “Music Culture”, the students put all the musical pieces, artists and music genres they have encountered since primary school in a chronological order and connect them to historical and political events while comparing and analyzing them in terms of location and time. “Music Practices” consist of activities in which the students form small groups and experience making music together with various practices, in the studio environment.
Art and music programs in High School are offered via club activities and are planned according to students’ choices.